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Lanesboro School Board approves hiring of math teacher to improve MCA test scores

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board met Thursday, August 20 to finalize and clarify some last-minute details before classes resume on September 8.

The issue of fall sports was heavy on the agenda this week. The board approved the coaches for the cross-country team, as well as the volleyball and football teams. There will be three secondary coaches for the varsity football team-which has 36 members. The three secondary coaches will split the contract. Superintendent Jeff Boggs also discussed the sports practice policies with the school. Currently, coaches make their own policies-which often includes students who miss practice having to sit out a game. Many parents are unhappy with the current set-up, saying students who are missing for doctor's appointments or state fair participation shouldn't be punished. The board agreed the best route to go down was opening up more communication between the athletic director, coaches, and parents.

The board also approved the decision to split the incoming kindergarten class into two sections. There are 30 students total, including students with greater needs. It was decided it was to everyone's advantage to ask Krissy Overland to teach Kindergarten for one more year.

The board addressed the school's faltering math scores. While much of the recent statewide test scores showed the Lanesboro school as average or above, the high school junior's math scores were far below average. To help bring the math level of students up-to-par, the board approved the hiring of an additional math teacher. Said Superintendent Boggs, "We need more math this next year than in the past...increasing the amount of math that most students get." The board is hoping that the addition of another math teacher will extend to both ends of the spectrum, with excelling students eventually being able to take more difficult math classes as well. The school has already have many applicants, and have begun the interview process.

Also approved was Holly Clarke's request for maternity leave (The baby was born August 3. Her leave will be from Sept. 8 through Nov. 2.) and Linda Kingsbury's resignation (which was accepted with appreciation from the school board.)

The board discussed the possibility of adding video cameras to the school. They weighed the potential pros and cons, but ultimately decided to create a subgroup with Principal Clarke and board members Sara Decker and Linda Sifford. Although no exact time limit has been set, the subgroup will report back with their recommendation within the next few months.

Principal Clarke discussed the school's recent state-wide test scores. Although they were high enough to keep the school from falling into the AYP bracket, putting the school above half the other schools in Minnesota.

The next Lanesboro School Board meeting will be held September 17 in the elementary school media center.

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